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Last week, I answered the question “Do I need a curriculum to teach my preschooler?” My answer was no. You certainly don’t need a curriculum to teach your preschooler.
However, I also mentioned that many homeschool moms feel more comfortable using a curriculum. The benefit of using a curriculum is that someone else has already done the work of preparing a scope and sequence. Someone else has already pulled together the lessons in a sequential order. It can certainly alleviate a lot of stress for beginning homeschoolers.
Preschool Curriculum Options
I am a homeschool mom that likes to use a curriculum for preschool. I have a teaching degree, but it made me feel like I wasn’t missing anything. I didn’t feel like I couldn’t do it on my own, but I didn’t want to pull stuff together on my own. I had two older kids I was homeschooling. Relying on a prepared curriculum took a weight off my shoulders and allowed my little ones to “do school” with their older siblings.
So, now that you’ve decided to use a curriculum to teach your preschoolers, which one will you choose? There are many options. I have listed several options below:
- Horizons Preschool Curriculum – I used this one with my youngest. She was a workbook kid, and she wanted to do school like her brothers. However, I didn’t have time to pull things together for her while juggling her 4th and 8th grade brothers. She really enjoyed this curriculum.
Pros: Everything is already pulled together for you. There are workbooks, flash cards, song CD’s, and a teacher’s guide. It’s written from a Christian perspective.
Cons: It’s pricey, and it’s geared more toward a preschool classroom so we skipped many of the activities and all of the ‘homework.’
- Before Five in a Row (Five in a Row) – This is by far my favorite preschool curriculum (and beyond). This literature-based curriculum is so low-key and user-friendly. The goal is to “row” a book for a week. Each day, you read a classic picture book to or with your child. Then, there are mini-units designed to be used with each book. These lessons touch on grammar, math, geography, history, art, and more. But, the lessons are designed with 2-4 year olds in mind. They are so pleasant, and you’ll be making memories while you row.
Pros: Very low-prep. Lessons are unobtrusive and flow naturally from each book. The books are sure to become family favorites.
Cons: Some of the books are out-of-print making them a little harder to find.
- Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool – I did not use this curriculum with my preschoolers, because I didn’t know it existed. I just discovered it in the last two years, and I have been using it with my daughter for history (5th and 6th grades) and science (7th grade). Her preschool curriculum stars with learning the alphabet and phonetic sounds and moves into sight words and beginning reading.
Pros: The lessons are free. You have the option of purchasing the printables pack or printing it out yourself.
- God’s Little Explorers – While I did not use this curriculum with my little ones, I have a copy of it that I reviewed a few years ago on my other blog. Be sure to pop on over and read my full review. This curriculum is designed for use with 3 & 4 year olds, but it’s easy to adapt the lessons to use with 2 and 5 year olds, as well. The author teaches all the letters of the alphabet, but not in chronological order. Instead, she teaches the Bible in chronological order covering all 26 letters of the alphabet. This curriculum is packed full of book lists and hands-on activities.
Pros: Christian. Thorough lessons. Fun hands-on activities.
- Write Through the Bible, Jr. – This is another curriculum I haven’t used, but I have seen in person. This no-prep curriculum focuses on integrating the Bible into all areas of study. Kids will write, memorize Bible verses, learn new vocabulary words, and more. It’s available in digital and soft-cover formats. There are two Bible translations to choose from, and three different font choices.
Pros: Inexpensive. Covers the entire year. Christian. Wide variety of options to meet individual needs.
Cons: Not an all inclusive curriculum so you’ll still need to add math.
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